13 Interesting Facts About The Iconic "Pretty Woman" Movie

Date July 11, 2018

Is there anyone who hasn't watched “Pretty Woman” yet? The iconic love story has earned millions of fans to go with the $42-million box-office sale. It seems to have it all – a fascinating plot with a happy end, sparkling humor and tear-jerking moments, which made viewers waste dozens of tissues. Released in 1990, “Pretty Woman” is still one of the most successful romantic comedies of all time.

Here are some fascinating facts about your favorite Cinderella story:

1. It is hard to imagine this film as a heavy drama, right? However, the initial plan was to make it dramatic, depicting the hard life of women in LA, who had no choice but work on the streets. The director could picture Vivian with a drug addiction and failing to handle this destructive dependency. The movie was, however, reconceived into the light, uplifting tale about a modern Cinderella who met her prince and changed her life forever.

Pretty Woman (1990) / Touchstone Pictures

2. Julia Roberts received the best reviews for her acting, thereby receiving a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

3. The main character, Vivien Ward, could have been different if not for Julia Roberts. The role was offered to Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Madonna, Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker and Drew Barrymore.

4. The wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis, played by Richard Gere, could have had another face as well. Al Pacino, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Christopher Reeve, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Denzel Washington were considered for the main character.

5. On the poster, where Julia and Richard stand next to each other, the actress’ head is actually photoshopped to the body of Shelley Michelle, her body-double.

Pretty Woman (1990) / Touchstone Pictures

6. Originally, the title was “3000 Dollars” – that is exactly the sum of money Vivian and Edward made a deal on.

Pretty Woman (1990) / Touchstone Pictures

7. The necklace that Edward place around Vivian's neck was actually an expensive one! It cost $250,000 and came with an armed security guard from the jewelry store.

8. The moment when Richard Gere snapped the jewelry box in front of Vivian was a funny improvisation.

9. It is hard to forget Vivian’s opera dress – the off-the-shoulder bright red gown that underlined Roberts' natural elegance and beauty! However, costume designer Marilyn Vance had to fight for it, as the studio was insisting on a plain black number. Finally, after numerous tests and shots, the striking red dress won.

Pretty Woman (1990) / Touchstone Pictures

10. Remember that funny scene where Julia Roberts is laughing watching the old TV show, “I Love Lucy”? The director had to tickle her feet to make her laugh!

11. While shooting the scene where Roberts sang in the bathtub, the crew decided to banter with her. When the actress submerged under the bubbles, everyone left the room, except for the cameraman. She emerged to realize, she was left alone: “Where did you go?” Her sweet reaction was captured on camera.

12. Julia Roberts felt so nervous while shooting love scenes that it actually gave her skin rash. Moreover, the vein on her forehead got swollen, so Richard Gere and director Garry Marshall had to massage her forehead.

Pretty Woman (1990) / Touchstone Pictures

13. The movie is famous for its soundtrack as well! The most notable song, “It Must Have Been Love”, performed by Roxette, reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1990. The soundtrack also includes "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison,  "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West, "Show Me Your Soul" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, "No Explanation" by Peter Cetera, "Wild Women Do" by Natalie Cole, and "Fallen" by Lauren Wood. 

Don't you feel like watching it all over again? You will most definitely enjoy it!

Source: Cosmopolitan

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